Archive for January, 2002

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

It’s hard to believe that “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is over fifty years old. It doesn’t look a day over thirty. Honestly, someone took good care of the Technicolor negative that was used to strike this DVD. Read the rest of this entry »

Gerry

A friendship between two twenty-something men—both named Gerry—is tested to its very limits when they go on a hike in an impossibly large desert and forget to bring any water or food with them Read the rest of this entry »

Memento

Memory can be a tricky thing. Just ask Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce). The victim of a vicious attack, Shelby has lost his short term memory. He has no problem remembering events before the attack, but can’t tell you what happened ten minutes ago. That means every time Shelby goes to sleep, he wakes up a stranger in a strange land. Read the rest of this entry »

Panic Room

After her divorce, Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah move into an old-fashioned house with one very modern addition: a “panic room” which is virtually impossible to break into, designed for refuge during a home invasion. In their first night in the house a trio of thieves do break in and Meg and Sarah rush into the panic room. However, the intruders are looking for something inside the panic room, and given the recent move the room’s hotline to the police hasn’t been hooked up yet Read the rest of this entry »

Blithe Spirit

Maybe time has jaded me, or perhaps the 1940’s were a much simpler time, but when I got done watching David Lean’s “Blithe Spirit,” I couldn’t understand the film’s popularity. I remember seeing the film when I was much younger, obviously too young to know better. Now that I’m all grown up and should be able to appreciate a film directed by David Lean and written by Noel Coward, I thought it was time to give “Blithe Spirit” another spin. Read the rest of this entry »

Video Reviews

MAY 29 & JUNE 5

AFTER THE STORM CONTAMINATED MAN CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON

JUST ONE TIME Read the rest of this entry »

Lilo and Stitch

No one has learned that lesson, often the hard way, than the animators at Walt Disney Studios. A traditional animation feature from Walt Disney was a celebration of the art form, a reminder of how well the studio could tell a story without flesh and blood characters. Read the rest of this entry »

Punch-Drunk Love

Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a small business owner with seven sisters whose abuse has kept him alone and unable to fall in love. When a harmonium and a mysterious woman (Emily Watson) enter his life, his romantic journey begins. Read the rest of this entry »

X-File

The truth is out there, and you don’t have to be an “X-File” fan to appreciate the spooky first feature from the popular television series. I wasn’t a fan of the series when it first premiered five years ago. At the time, I didn’t need to add an extra hours worth of television viewing to my schedule. My dad turned me on to “The X-Files” half way through the first season. Read the rest of this entry »

Vertical Limit

Shamelessly playing off natural fears and phobias, “Vertical Limit” is a gripping rescue adventure trapped under an avalanche of clich├ęs. Fortunately, the script has a best friend in director Martin Campbell, who understands the limitations of the written word and works around them to create a film that is exciting and entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Trek

After 22 years and 10 movies, the “Star Trek” movie franchise is dragging. Looking more tired and worn out than a pair of Elizabeth Taylor’s shoes, “Star Trek: Nemesis” limps along like a one-legged dog begging for someone to shoot it. Read the rest of this entry »

Sonny

New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home. The only life he’s known is as a gigolo, working for his mother, but he wants to leave that behind Read the rest of this entry »

The Others

In Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar’s atmospheric “The Others,” Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, a woman who has a hard time keeping servants at her creepy estate on the Isle of Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review January

101 DALMATIANS II: PATCH’S LONDON ADVENTURE (G)

24-HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (R)

THE BOURNE IDENTITY (PG-13)

DINNER RUSH (R)

HARRISON’S FLOWERS (R)

MAD LOVE (R)

ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL (R)

OUR SONG (R)

PYTHON II (R)

SIMONE (PG-13)

SUPER FIRE (PG-13)

TADPOLE (PG-13)

WIDOWS (PG-13)

WORLD TRAVELER (R) Read the rest of this entry »

Films review January

BUFFALO 66 (R)

Writer-Director Vincent Gallo’s dark comedy about a man trying to impress his dysfunctional family after his release from prison. Billy (Gallo) hasn’t told his parents (Anjelica Huston, Ben Gazzara) that he was in prison. Instead, he sent them letters saying that he’s working undercover for the government. Read the rest of this entry »